Freedom Fry

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Freedom Fry
Freedom Fry Band Shot.jpg
Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, Paris
Genres Pop, Indie pop, Folk, Folk rock, Alternative rock
Years active 2011–present
Labels Polydor Records Europe Territory[1]

Freedom Fry is an American indie pop band from Los Angeles, California, United States, composed of Parisian-born Marie Seyrat and American Bruce Driscoll.[2]

Let The Games Begin EP[edit]

Freedom Fry in October, 2015

The duo first met in April 2011 when Seyrat was the stylist on a video for Driscoll's other band Blondfire. Impressed by Seyrat's whispery voice, Driscoll asked her if she would be interested in writing some songs together.[3] In August they recorded and released the Let The Games Begin EP.[4][5]

The video for the first single, Tallest Dreams, starred Gia Mantegna, daughter of actor Joe Mantegna.[6]

The last song on the EP, Rolling Down, was featured on the season 7 premiere of Bones, during the birth of the main character's baby, Christine.[7][8]

"Earthquake"[edit]

Their follow up single and video, "Earthquake", was released on Valentine's Day 2012. It was named single-of-the-week by French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles.[9][10][11][12]

Glamour Magazine included Earthquake in their 100th issue anniversary playlist.[13] Earthquake has been used in advertisements by fashion brands Lanvin and Princesse Tam.Tam.[14][15][16]

Outlaws EP[edit]

Following a visit to the grave of Billy the Kid in Fort Sumner, NM, the duo began to conceptualize a wild west themed EP.[17] In April 2012, they released the Outlaws EP, featuring two original songs and a cover of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot's Bonnie and Clyde.[18][19]

"Summer in the City"[edit]

The song and video for "Summer in the City", was released in July 2012.[20][21][22][23]

A remix of Summer in the City by Starcadian was featured in the viral YouTube video, How The Sun Sees You, in August 2014. Using unique UV lenses to show sun damage to skin and the benefits of sunscreen, the video amassed over 17,000,000 views.[24][25][26]

The Wilder Mile[edit]

The Wilder Mile EP and video were released on 4 August 2014.[27][28][29] The Wilder Mile has been used in advertisements for fashion brands Abercrombie, Madewell, and REI.[30]

"Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na)"[edit]

Bruce Driscoll and Marie Seyrat perform as Freedom Fry in Oakland, CA.

At the end of 2014 the band began working with The Agency Group for European booking[31] and manager Jeff Klein of A-Side Worldwide.[32] Their first musical offering of 2015 was the single, "Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na)".[33] The song reached number one on Hype Machine.[34]

In 2016 the band signed with Polydor Records for Europe and officially released "Shaky Ground" with an accompanying two-part music video featuring both the English version and a new French version of the song.[35]

"21"[edit]

In May, 2015, Freedom Fry released the single, "21". The handclaps, group vocals, and scream featured in the song were performed by the audiences at their Echo residency as part of a crowd recording experiment.[36] The song reached number one on Hype Machine.[37]

"Awake"[edit]

In January 2017, Freedom Fry followed up their single 'Shaky Ground' with a new single titled "Awake." Prior to release, "Awake" had already been heard in several advertisements, television shows, and films, including the original Netflix series Love and the film "Baby Baby Baby" starring Adrianne Palicki with Jessica Alba, and William Shatner.[38]

Covers[edit]

Freedom Fry's cover of Britney Spears' "Oops!... I Did It Again" was debuted on November 5, 2015, in the ABC television series, Grey's Anatomy, during Season 12 (episode 6).[39] Also in November 2015 Freedom Fry released an acoustic cover of "1979" by The Smashing Pumpkins with an accompanying music video. In April 2016 Freedom Fry released a half-French language cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. In November 2016 they released an acoustic cover of "Linger" by The Cranberries. A French language cover of Mary Jane's Last Dance by Tom Petty was released in March 2017 with an accompanying video.[40][41][42][43]

Touring[edit]

Freedom Fry has toured the US as direct support for Belgian megastar Stromae, as part of Communion Presents, and Madewell’s 2016 "Denim Forever" campaign and tour. At their Monday night residency at The Echo in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, they were joined on stage by special guests James Iha and Mayer Hawthorne.[44][45][46]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Let The Games Begin (2011, Caveman Arts Society)
  • Outlaws (2012, Caveman Arts Society)
  • Friends and Enemies (2013, Caveman Arts Society)[47]
  • The Wilder Mile (2014, Caveman Arts Society)
  • Remixes (2017, via Caveman Arts Society)[48]
  • Strange Attraction (2017, via Caveman Arts Society)[49]
  • Holiday Soundtrack (2017, via Caveman Arts Society)[50]

Singles[edit]

  • "Earthquake" (2012, Caveman Arts Society)
  • "Summer in the City" (2012, Caveman Arts Society)
  • "Dark Christmas" (2012, Caveman Arts Society)[51]
  • "Home" (2014, Caveman Arts Society)[52]
  • "Scarborough Fair" (2014, Caveman Arts Society)[53]
  • "Blackmailed" (2014, Caveman Arts Society)[54]
  • "Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na)" (2015, via Soundcloud)[55]
  • "Yeah You" (2015, via Soundcloud)[56]
  • "Break Into A Musical" (2015, via Soundcloud)[57]
  • "21" (2015, via Soundcloud)[58]
  • "Tropicana" (2015, Caveman Arts Society)[59]
  • "Oops!... I Did It Again" (2015, via ABC Grey's Anatomy Episode 251)[39]
  • "1979" (2015, Caveman Arts Society)[60]
  • "The Words" (2016, via Soundcloud)[61]
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (2016, via Caveman Arts Society) [62]
  • "Shaky Ground" (2016, Polydor Records Europe, Caveman Arts Society ROW) [63]
  • "Linger" (2016, via Caveman Arts Society)[64]
  • "Awake" (2017, via Caveman Arts Society)[65]
  • "Songbird" (2017, via Caveman Arts Society)[66]
  • "My Valentine" (2017, via Caveman Arts Society)[67]
  • "Junkie" (2017, via Caveman Arts Society)[68]
  • "Napoleon" (2017, via Caveman Arts Society)[69]
  • "Mary Jane's Last Dance" (2017, via Caveman Arts Society)[70]
  • "Brave" (2017, via Caveman Arts Society)[71]
  • "Wild Child" (2017, via Caveman Arts Society)[72]
  • "Brave (Freedom Fry Remix)" (2017, via Caveman Arts Society)[73]
  • "When The Snowflakes Fall" (2017, via Caveman Arts Society)[74]

Vinyl[edit]

  • "Fan Club: The Singles (2011 - 2014)" (2014, Caveman Arts Society)[75]

Collaborations[edit]

  • "Skyscraper Souls" - Chordashian feat. Freedom Fry (2013, Self Released)[76]
  • "Racers" - A.W.O.L. feat. Freedom Fry (2015, No Brainer Records)[77]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Perez Hilton's Pop Up! #6 (song: "The Wilder Mile")[78]
  • Poule d'Or Compilation #9 (song: "Tallest Dreams")[79]
  • "Kitsune Hot Stream" (song: "Tropicana")[80]
  • "King Kong Kicks VOL. 6" (song: "21")[81]

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